Questions for Lecture Series 1
1. Identify the overall purpose of the speaker’s program of research.
The main topic was metabolic syndrome and the purpose of the study was to explore therelationships between age, biosocial and psychosocial factors to note metabolic syndrome as the outcome or common variable.
2. Is the research qualitative or quantitative? Explain.
Quantitative because it isa systematic process to generate numerical information about the world. It is used in this case to bring new information which is that an older, white, non- Hispanic woman with elevated PHQ-9 scorewho smokes is most at risk of MetS. It was meant to examine the relationship among variables.
3. Identify the research questions and hypotheses for the study that was presented.
-Age, biosocial andpsychosocial factors are associated within and with MetS.
-There are direct and indirect effects between biological and psychological factors linked through depressive symptoms as part of thepsychological construct.
-Are these factors (age, biosocial and psychosocial) the effect of MetS or is there a mix of these that cause MetS?
-Can it be useful to explain relationship between MetS andpsychosocial factors using PHQ-9?
-Can these factors support or predict MetS?
4. What ethical considerations does the speaker have to consider in her research studies?
Since her studies had patientinformation involved, one consideration to take was breach of confidentiality/ invasion of privacy as well as coercion or deception even. However, the speaker did explain that the information was codedwhich helped improve the ethical quality of the study.
5. What were the major findings of the study you identified in #3? Were the hypotheses supported?
- white, non-Hispanic women who smoke andhave elevated PHQ-9 scores are most at risk for MetS (as opposed to popular belief which is that it would be a minority)
-95% of those studied had at least 1 component of metabolic syndrome
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